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November 10, 1520: The Lost Boy [Rebroadcast]

Luther: In Real Time

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.92K Ratings

🗓️ 22 October 2021

⏱️ 10 minutes

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On his 37th birthday, Martin Luther's thoughts turn to his troubled past. For most of his life, he was driven by fear, striving to earn God's favor and escape the torments of hell. But today, Luther has true peace with God through faith alone in Christ alone--the very peace that Pope Leo X seeks to steal away.

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Hey folks, Barry Cooper here.


In this episode, Martin will be reflecting on some potentially scary moments from his childhood.


So if you're listening with kids, you might want to consider previewing the episode yourself


before listening. Okay, here we go.


It's November the 10th, 1520. Martin Luther's 37th birthday.


As he sits in a local tavern, he's in reflective mood. Given his reputation as a stubborn and


combative monk rising up against the might of Rome, he chuckles to himself. He well remembers


how timorous and sensitive he was as a younger man, how he was terrified of the wrath of God,


terrified at the thought of demons, and terrified of the prince of darkness himself.


Many regions are inhabited by devils. Prussia is full of them, and Lapland, full of witches.


In my native country, on the top of a high mountain called Pudelsberg, there is a lake


into which if a stone be thrown, a tempest would arise over the whole region.


The dark waters of the lake are the abode of captive demons.


His fear of spiritual beings was rooted in personal experience.


I recall in my earliest days in Munsford, seeing a devil depart from the body of a possessed man.


At the comfort, just at the ringing of the bell at Vespas it was.


That was my early life. Pels, relics, priests and monks, steepers and spires,


masses for the dead, last rites for the dying and terrace on every side.


Fear drove everything. My earliest recollections are of chivalry.


He believed these dark forces were not far from his parents either.


She believed in demons, did my mother, and in witches.


When she lost her infant son, my little brother, she claimed he died because our neighbour was a witch


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